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FIFA U17 : “We Are Candidates To Win The World Cup” – Amuneke Boasts

Following its qualification to the quarter-final of the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup, Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke has said they are now candidates to win the title.

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The Nigerian U17’s, defending world champions, mauled Australia 6-0 in their round of 16 fixture to book a quarter-final date with Brazil and Amuneke says they’re in with a shout to win it, while also admitting that Brazil are favourites.

“We are candidates to win the title, but so are Brazil. We will work to put up a good fight,” said Amuneke after the smashing victory over Australia.

Speaking on the win over the Aussies, the former Nigeria winger says they played against a very good Australian team, but suggested his team was better.

“It was a very interesting match. We knew that Australia was a good team because they qualified from a very difficult group, but my players were able to recuperate themselves from the loss against Croatia and regained their level.

“Victor (Osimhen) had a great game, although the philosophy of this team is to play collectively.”

A win against Brazil takes Nigeria to the semi-finals, and another step closer to retaining the title, and winning it for a record 5th time.

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